5 Best Make-Ahead Recipes For The Holidays

5 Best Make-Ahead Recipes For The Holidays
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    The holidays are endlessly busy with decorating, parties, and family gatherings.  To help make your holiday cooking and meal planning easier and more efficient, we're showing you some of our favorite freezer-friendly holiday foods to prep ahead so you can enjoy them anytime during the busy holiday season. 

    To avoid thawing and reheating a large serving, we’re freezing everything in our Souper Cubes trays. This lets us have individual portions that are easy to reheat quickly. Simply pop out as many cubes as you need. Easily serve or enjoy homemade treats even on the craziest of days.

    Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

    Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

    One of the best things about cinnamon rolls is that they're incredibly versatile. You can enjoy them for breakfast, as a sweet treat in the afternoon, or as a dessert after dinner. You can also make them in a variety of flavors, from classic cinnamon to more unique options like pumpkin or apple. It's also hard to not love the cozy, comforting aroma that fills the kitchen when they're baking. While they do take some time to prepare, the process is fairly simple and they freeze really well. This recipe for Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Frosting is a favorite that everyone loves. 

    To freeze, bake in your Souper Cubes trays and let fully cool before freezing. Store icing in a separate container. Ideally, thaw in the fridge the night before and reheat in the oven.

    Triple Ginger Persimmon Bread

    Persimmon Bread

    Persimmons have a unique, sweet and slightly tangy flavor. The taste of a persimmon can vary depending on the variety and how ripe it is, but in general they have a rich, fruity flavor that is similar to a blend of pumpkin, honey, and apricot. For this Triple Ginger Persimmon Loaf from Souper Cubes friend, Adeena Sussman, she suggests Hachiya persimmons but Fuyu will also work as long as it's really soft. If you can't find persimmons, you can also use mango or pumpkin for this delicious quick bread. 

    French Toast Casserole 

    French Toast Casserole

    Leftover bread? Make it into this sweet French Toast Casserole with butter, sugar, eggs, milk, and seasonings. I'm a big fan of cinnamon and cardamom, but you can also use up the last of your pumpkin pie or apple pie spice for traditional holiday appeal. 

    To freeze, bake in your Souper Cubes trays and let fully cool before freezing. Ideally, thaw in the fridge the night before and reheat in the oven.

    Simmer Pot

    simmer pot cube

    One of our favorite ways to make our house smell amazing is with our simmer pot cubes. Simply place the frozen cube in a pot and let it simmer all day, adding water as it runs out. You’ll feel like you’re in a Hallmark movie. We batch prep several at once using our 2-cup Souper Cubes.

    Our recipe: 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice blend, 1 cinnamon stick, dash of nutmeg, ½ teaspoon cloves, orange and apple slices, water to fill. 

    Homemade Hot Apple Cider

    Apple Cider Cubes

    Along with making your house smell amazing at the holidays, it's fun to serve festive drinks. One of my favorites is a pot of Hot Apple Cider. Spiced with cinnamon, citrus peel, cloves, and pure maple syrup, it's perfect for kids and adults-alike, especially with a splash of bourbon or rum. 

    Additionally, Souper Cubes are a great way to reduce food waste during the holidays. Instead of letting leftovers go to waste, you can portion and freeze them for later. This not only saves you from having to throw away food, but it also ensures that you can enjoy the holidays even after they're over. 

    We would love to hear your ideas or better yet, post a photo of your cubes organized in our Freezer Meals & Recipes Facebook Group!

    Happy Freezing!

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